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Becoming a teacher leader: building social capital through gradual release

Pamela Osmond-Johnson (Faculty of Education, University of Regina, Regina, Canada)

Journal of Professional Capital and Community

ISSN: 2056-9548

Article publication date: 4 December 2018

Issue publication date: 8 January 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore the use of a mentored model of gradual release to build social capital and support teachers as they adopt new identities as leaders of professional learning.

Design/methodology/approach

Data for the paper were collected as part of a case study which explored the Provincial Facilitator Community (PFC) in Saskatchewan, Canada as one approach to creating a collaborative culture of teacher-led learning and leadership.

Findings

The findings suggest that becoming a leader of professional learning is a complex process of gaining confidence, building capacity and transitioning into a new professional identity. In the PFC, this process was markedly supported through a structured and intentional system of modeling and peer-mentorship that promoted the development of social capital across the group.

Originality/value

The paper provides new insights around the use of a mentored model of gradual release to create opportunities to develop social capital that, in turn, helped prepare and sustain teachers in adopting new roles as leaders of professional learning.

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Citation

Osmond-Johnson, P. (2019), "Becoming a teacher leader: building social capital through gradual release", Journal of Professional Capital and Community, Vol. 4 No. 1, pp. 66-80. https://doi.org/10.1108/JPCC-05-2018-0016

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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